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Welcome.

My life goal is to run the life of race with excellence.

I want to love well and live well.

I passionately love my Jesus and wish to serve Him with every part of my life.

I love my family and friends and am so thankful for the beautiful people in my life.

I love speaking, I love learning, I love exercise, I love reading and I love new adventures.

This blog will cover toddler tips, Bible truths, snorkeling adventures, book reviews, theology snippets, counselling advice, and the tears and triumphs of a life well lived.

Thanks for journeying along with me. I trust you too will be encouraged to love well and live well with eternity in view.

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Playpens as Positive Learning Spaces

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The playpen was one of my most used play places for my toddlers.

Why?

  • they developed a love of reading books

 

  • they enjoyed some quiet time away from the bustle of family life

 

  • they learnt to be creative with their open-ended toys

 

  • they sat and enjoyed listened to music during this play time

 

  • they were not bothered by older siblings showing them the ‘right’ way to play

 

  • they were not interrupted by younger siblings destroying their block tower or game

 

  • they were safe while I had a shower

 

  • they learnt to sit and focus and concentrate

 

  • they learnt the valuable life skill of self-play adeptness

 

  • they gained the important and beautiful life-long gift of of self-control

 

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.

   Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

 

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

 Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.

 He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

 

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

The No Gaps

 

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There are parts of my life that don’t have gaps.

There are parts of my life that show that my beliefs are seen in my actions.

I believe it is important to exercise regularly. This is evidenced by the three nights of tennis I play each week.

I believe it is important to create a peaceful and calm environment and this is evidenced by my clutter-free house.

I believe that our money is a gift from God and should be spent wisely and this is evidenced by my careful budget that I actually adhere to.

I believe it is important to keep learning and this is evidenced by my post-graduate awards and my attempt to read through the deeper C.S.Lewis classics this year.

I believe it is important to help others walk well with Jesus and so I meet regularly with young women to help them see Jesus in the messiness of life.

Gaps and No-Gaps.

Beliefs and practice.

I find it helpful to step back and take stock.

What do my actions and choices, my spending and my conversations show that I really believe in?

 

 

The Gap

 

 

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There is a gap in my life.

There is a gap between what I say believe with my words and what I say with my actions.

I say that I believe that all people are equally valuable, yet I will favour one over another with my time.

I say that I believe that it is important to eat natural foods, yet I will eat processed food from packets.

I say that God will provide for all my needs, yet I will check my bank balance and purse constantly.

I say that it is important to forgive as we have been forgiven, yet I will recount offences against me.

I say that knowing how the story ends makes all the difference, yet I grumble about slow traffic.

I want to close the gap.

I want to love all people God sends in my path each day.

I want to choose to eat well at least 90% (trying to be realistic too!) of the time.

I want to budget wisely, save carefully and give generously.

I want to truly ‘forget’ offences by never referring to them again.

I want to remember Jesus in the moment of frustration so that my heart is at peace.

I want to live well and love well each day for His good and gain, not my own.

Without the gap.

 

Psalm 16

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Psalm 16

miktam[a] of David.

Keep me safe, my God,
    for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Hurting More

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‘ didn’t know that my heart could break any more than it already had.’

Another dear friend, is facing not one, but two, huge valleys.

One will definitely end in loss. The other may be an ongoing heartache.

Both are totally out of her hands.

Both involve people she loves dearly.

I ache for her.

I have cried for her.

I have put a sign on my desk as a reminder to pray for each day.

My heart hurts for her.

I want to take it all away.

I want to fix it for her.

But I can’t.

No one can.

So, I will simply walk with her through this season.

I will listen.

I will pray.

I will care.

I will try to love her well.

She will not walk alone.